Not many people believe the Houston Texans are going to pick up a win in Foxborough this week. Although it is widely assumed New England will once again streamroll Houston, Tom Brady understands picking apart the NFL’s top-ranked defense is no easy task.
“They have a damn good defense,” Brady said Monday morning on WEEI. “There is nothing easy about this game for our offense. We’re going to have to go grind it out. We will have to get our mind right and we will. We had a good week of practice last week and we need to carry it over into today and all the way through Saturday night.”
In Week 3, the Patriots obliterated the Texans 27-0 with Jacoby Brissett under center, as Brady was still serving his four-game suspension. Despite an abysmal performance by Brock Osweiler, Houston managed to out-gain New England 284 yards to 282 yards.
With Brady in the starting lineup this time around, the Texans are massive underdogs going into their showdown with the Patriots on Saturday. However, Brady wanted to wipe away any feelings of overconfidence in New England’s locker room, as Brady has been on the wrong side of an upset before in his career.
“I don’t think you take anything for granted,” Brady said. “I don’t think you mail in your preparation. I think we go about it the exact same way we’ve gone about it all year — we put everything into this week, we empty the tank in our practices, which we always do, and then you come out the end of the week with confidence and ready to go out there and show everyone that we’ve prepared and we can play.”
The Patriots have shown multiple times in the past they prepare as well as any team in the NFL. Brady and Bill Belichick should show up ready to go on Saturday, which is bad news for the Texans, who may find themselves on the wrong end of a blowout as a result.